Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 4/6/12

The San Antonio Spurs are good.  Really good actually.  Heading in to this season they were supposed to be good, though probably not this good.  It seems like for the last few years at least that's been the case with the Spurs.  Everyone expected them to be a playoff team but no one expected them to contend for a title.  Yet, here they are, winners of nine in a row for the second time this season and only a game back of Oklahoma City for first place in the West. 

Regardless of what Spurs fans think of their team and their players, they're not supposed to be doing this.  They have one former lottery pick on the team and that guy is Tim Duncan and he was a lottery pick a really long time ago.  The Bobcats have WAY more lottery picks than the Spurs.  Because of this, Andy Roth, guesting for SheridanHoops.com argues that Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford should be named NBA Executive of the Year.

"R.C. should stand for the “right choice”, since he seems to always do just that when it comes to evaluating talent, in particular when it comes to the NBA draft — but also this year at the trade deadline.

Ginobili was the next-to-last pick (57th overall) in the 1999 draft. Tony Parker was taken with the 28th pick in the first round in 2001, while Tiago Splitter was selected at the very same spot in 2007. George Hill was the 26th selection in the first round in 2008 and DeJuan Blair was taken with the seventh pick (37th overall) in the second round in 2009."

The point Roth made right before those paragraphs is the Buford has never won Executive of the Year.  Initially I thought this was really surprising, but when I thought about it Buford has a few things going against him.  First, the national media ignores San Antonio.  It's nothing new and frankly I'm tired of writing the "Spurs get no respect" angle. 

Second and probably more importantly is that most people around the league think Pop runs everything in the Spurs organization despite the fact the Buford was promoted to GM in 2002.

I don't think Buford deserves Executive of the Year this season.  I loved the Hill for Kawhi Leonard trade and thought the trade deadline deals were really good, but this season has everything to do with Coach Pop trusting the young guys in his rotation and giving them extended looks.  Signing Danny Green and trading for Kawhi Leonard were fantastic moves, but they wouldn't be as fantastic if Coach Pop didn't give them an extended look during this truncated season.  Plus, Clippers General Manager Neil Olshey managed to get Chris Paul for an expiring contract, a lottery pick who hasn't shown much improvement this season and a guy in Eric Gordon who has had knee problems left and right this season.  One year I hope R.C. Buford does win Executive of the Year, even if it is more a lifetime achievement award.  He deserves it.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Eli did not look thrilled after Peyton locked up Super Bowl

Peyton Manning ‘going to drink a lot of Budweiser’ after win

Panthers' Josh Norman crying after losing Super Bowl

Where Peyton Manning ranks among Super Bowl era QBs

Peyton Manning declines to comment on possible retirement

Mike Carey not heard from again after being wrong earlier

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Von Miller forces Cam Newton fumble to secure Super Bowl win

With cryptic tweet, did Marshawn Lynch just hang up his cleats?

NFL shows off every Super Bowl MVP in history

Jordan Norwood breaks off longest punt return in Super Bowl history

Beer company trolls Seth Rogan after Super Bowl commercial

Levi's Stadium's field problems continue in Super Bowl

Five biggest boneheaded plays of Super Bowl 50

WATCH: Cam Newton gives questionable effort to recover fumble

Lions say Calvin Johnson's future still not determined

How Louisville basketball bungled their self-imposed ban

Ted Ginn Jr. whiffs on football twice on one play, results in Panthers turnover

Kony Ealy makes one-handed interception of Peyton Manning

Mike Carey gets another call wrong on incomplete pass in SB

Steph Curry beats Panthers' "Keep Pounding" drum

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

WATCH: Panthers' Jonathan Stewart leaps over pile for TD

Aqib Talib commits three awful penatlies in first half of SB

WATCH: Broncos score TD after Von Millers sacks Cam Newton

WATCH: Luke Kuechly sacks Peyton Manning

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker